This article, about my current availability, was updated on 23rd September 2021.
With the exception of learners who had already formally registered their interest before the end of July (but have not yet started lessons), I am not expecting to take on any new learner pupils before early 2022.
Current Demand for Lessons
Since April 2021 (when driving lessons were permitted to resume after a lockdown of over three months), there has been a significant demand for driving lessons. To highlight the demand, I’ve had over 600 enquiries for lessons since April (which is more enquiries than I would usually get in about 4 years)!
My Current Position
Although 12 out of the last 13 of my learners who have taken a driving test since April have passed, their slots have already been allocated to learners who had been patiently waiting for a slot to become available for several weeks/months.
While I do not currently have any regular slots available to offer to new pupils at the moment, I do occasionally have sessions cancelled (due to illness, self-isolation or holidays) so may be able to accommodate a Pass Plus course or a limited number of Refresher Sessions for qualified drivers (or a one-off mock test for learners), subject to mutual availability.
Having worked 7 days a week since the end of lockdown in April, I have decided to reduce this to 6 days a week (from September) and limit my evening slots for existing pupils only (to help them gain some experience of driving in the dark, during the autumn and winter months). This decision reduces the number of weekly slots as there will be no new evening or Sunday slots offered until spring 2022.
While I do not currently envisage taking on any new pupils during the rest of 2021 (except those that had already registered an interest prior to the end of July), I do periodically review my availability (especially after each test pass). With three tests scheduled in October, I may have a morning slot available soon (8:30-10am) on Monday or Wednesday but this is likely to be offered to learners living in Wollaton only.
For a variety of reasons, I do not operate a traditional waiting list but I do maintain a list of people who have expressed a serious interest in appointing me as their instructor in the future. When slots do become available (in 2022), those on the list will be invited to apply (taking into account their location, availability and requirements). If this is something you would like to do, please contact me to register your interest. In the meantime, you are welcome to access free theory training (with a waiting list of over five months for driving tests, it is vitally important that study for the theory test is done at an early stage).